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Tribute Wall accident 11/09/2018 26-Sep-2018 At 1:58:40 PM Wendy
On 23-Sep-2018 rodw wrote:
>On 23-Sep-2018 Wendy wrote:
>>This is almost always the situation at second bolts. Frequently at 3rd
>>bolts. There are reasons I find sport climbing more scary than trad!
>It shouldn't be, easy to fix, when bolting just have first few bolts close
>together to ensure clipper doesn't deck and space out the higher you go..seems
>to be more an issue on easy routes with the idea its easy no one will fall..shit
>happens IMHO..bolt accordingly.

In theory, great. I'm all for bolting safely if you are going to bolt at all, but in practice? I am about 1.5m tall. If a bolt is at my feet when I clip a bolt at my face, I have about 2.5m about rope out. Add a tad of slack and rope stretch and I'm still going to go nearly 6m if I fall clipping. It's just not practicable to put enough bolts in to make it all super safe, but because it's a sport route, people assume it is. I have a variation of the old school leader mantra. The clipper shall not fall off.

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